GiFT Practice Changes During COVID-19

At GiFT, we’ve made some changes to ensure safe operations during the coronavirus pandemic. GiFT will adhere to recommendations of the CDC and local authorities. As recommendations evolve, the following practices may be amended. Updated December 7, 2020.

Screening - All persons at GIFT shall submit self-screen within 24 hours prior to arrival. If you answer YES to any of the following questions, you are NOT permitted at GiFT. 

1. Are you currently waiting on results for a COVID-19 test?

2. Are you isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are you worried that you may be sick with COVID-19?

3. Within the past 14 days, have you been in close physical contact (6 ft or closer for 15 min or longer) with: anyone diagnosed with COVID 19 –OR– anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19?

4. In the last 48 hours, have you experienced any of the following symptoms: fever/chills, sore throat, difficulty breathing, unexplained muscle aches, cough, fatigue, headache, loss of sense of smell/taste, nasal congestion not related to allergies, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea?

Temperature check- All persons entering SFH on behalf of GiFT shall have a temperature check. Anyone 100 or greater is not permitted.


Masking - All persons entering SFH on behalf of GiFT shall wear face covering while on hospital property. Masks may be removed for hydration, nutrition, and when alone in a GiFT room with the door closed. Cloth and/or disposable mask available on-site.

Social Distance - Keep 6 foot distance when possible. 2 person maximum per room at GiFT. If it is necessary for more than 2 individuals to be in a GiFT room, limit this time to 10 minutes maximum. No more than 8 persons total at GiFT at any given time.

Volunteers – New volunteers are not permitted at this time. If you are already a volunteer, please call/text to schedule your volunteer shift.

Enhanced hand hygiene - Soap and water wash (minimum 20 seconds) upon arrival, after restroom, before eating, if hands are visibly soiled, and before leaving. Use hand sanitizer EACH time you enter AND leave a room at GiFT. Use moisturizer for hands to prevent drying and cracking. Clean, single-use, disposable gloves may be worn when indicated, discard after each use.


Enhanced cleaning/sanitation - With an antiseptic spray solution or wipe, clean all high touch surfaces in the Distribution Center upon arrival and at least every 4 hours. Include counters, tables, doorknobs, keyboards, light switches, pens, and drawer handles. 

Family Pick-ups - Must be scheduled in advance with ample time between pickups. At scheduled pick up time: family pulls car up to GiFT Distribution Center at St. Francis Hall, call or text GiFT (314) 472-3392, open trunk and stay in car. GiFT staff/volunteers will bring packages and load directly into the family trunk/car. Digital Confirmation of Delivery will be sent to individual picking up via text or email.

Sanitation Station located in each GiFT room- contains hand sanitizer, skin moisturizer, and surface cleaner.


THANK YOU for doing your part to keep GiFT and our community safe and healthy. We look forward to hugging our families and our volunteers soon. In the meantime, we’re sending virtual hugs!